Sky rubbishes BBC’s ‘bizarre’ SVOD concerns

Sky’s content chief, Gary Davey, has slammed the BBC’s “bizarre” concerns over the arrival of SVOD players Netflix and Amazon in the UK market. Sky Content managing director Davey said, “the golden age of television is just getting started”, and considered the entrance of on-demand players an example of giving “customers more choice” and writers, […]

Murdoch ‘expects Sky deal approval’ in first half of next year

21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch has said he expects the company’s acquisition of Sky to be approved by the UK competition watchdog in the first half of next year, despite the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Fox News and other concerns. Murdoch reportedly made the remarks while appearing at the invitation-only Paley International […]

Sky Cinema launches new pop-up service for Halloween

Sky’s movie unit Sky Cinema has unveiled the latest in its line of pop-up channels around specific annual events – the Halloween Channel. Sky Cinema Halloween, available from October 23-31 on Sky channel 303, will screen Halloween and horror-themed movies, including John Carpenter’s Halloween on Sky Cinema for the very first time, as well as […]

Sky Kids app gets new games section

Sky has added a host of games to its Sky Kids app, including titles featuring popular characters like SpongeBob, Peppa Pig, Ben 10 and Bubble Guppies. Sky said that new games are also on the way from The Amazing World of Gumball, Scooby-Doo, Adventure Time and its own Sky Kids Art Studio. “Children and parents […]

Sky set to up investment in 4K UHD

Sky is planning to up its investment in 4K UHD content and will launch the Soundbox, its new retail product bringing Dolby Atmos sound to the living room, in mid-November, according to Gary Davey. Speaking at MIPCOM, Sky’s managing director of content said: “We are operating across a whole range of genres… This year we […]

Sky Q launch plans announced for Italy, Germany, Austria

Sky is due to launch its advanced TV service, Sky Q, in Italy before Christmas and then in Germany and Austria in the first half of 2018. Sky announced the plans during in its fiscal Q1 earnings announcement, with the wider European rollout of Sky Q following the release of the service in the UK […]

Sky boosted by Game of Thrones in strong Q1

Sky recorded record entertainment audiences in its fiscal first quarter and grew its customer numbers by 51% year-on-year, helped by the launch of season seven of Game of Thrones. Announcing group results for the three months ending September 30, Sky said that it added 160,000  new customers – 90,000 in Germany and Austria, 70,000 in […]

CMA details scope of Fox-Sky investigation in issues statement

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published an issues statement outlining the scope of its investigation into 21st Century Fox’s planned £18.5 billion (€20.5 billion) takeover of Sky. The CMA, which will investigate the deal on the grounds of media plurality and broadcasting standards, set out the main issues it likely to consider in […]

Ampere Analysis: media debt to fuel growth is mostly manageable

The high levels of debt being incurred by big international media companies such as Amazon, Altice, Netflix and Verizon as well as significant regional players such as Sky, ITV and Liberty Global are of much less concern than the situation of internet companies before the dot com crash at the turn of the century, according […]

Sky adds ‘enhanced voice control’ to Sky Q

Sky is due to introduce new features to its Sky Q service this month, including ‘enhanced voice control’ via the Sky Q touch remote. The new voice control features will let users speak to their remote to issue a range of commands – including changing to a specific channel, playing a named show, or skipping […]

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